Tagalog voice-over production made simple
As an established Tagalog voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Tagalog Voice-Over Service and Tagalog Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Tagalog voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Tagalog voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Tagalog voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Tagalog voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Tagalog audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Tagalog voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
Voice-over selection and quotation in just three easy steps
1. browse the voice-over demos below and click PLAY to audition each casting sample
2. choose the voice(s) you like and click ADD to your Quick Quote, or DOWNLOAD a copy
3. complete the Quick Quote and we’ll check availability and costs, with a response in just 1 hour
A short history of the Tagalog language
Tagalog belongs to the Central Philippine sub-group of the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian family of languages. It is related to other Philippine languages such as the Visayan languages, and to a lesser extent to other Austronesian languages such as Hawaiian.
The origins of Tagalog can be traced back around 5,000 years to the arrival of the first wave of Indonesians to the islands; it has been shown to have some common roots with Bahasa Indonesian.
When the Spanish arrived in the 16th century there was no common language of the Philippines – there were many different languages (and different dialects of those). Spanish didn’t take hold, but brought many loanwords to the local languages. Indeed, over the years the Philippines’ position as a major trading hub brought it under the influence of many other languages, including Chinese.
When the Philippines became a republic in the 20th century there was a complicated (and at times controversial) process of establishing a standardised national language – first called Pilipino, then Filipino – but essentially a version of Tagalog (the country’s most widely spoken language) based on the Manila dialect. Read more
Which countries have Tagalog as a national language?
The standardised version of Tagalog, Filipino, is one of two official languages of the Philippines, along with English. There are over 100 other languages spoken in the Philippines, but the 12 recognised regional languages are Bicol, Sama-Bajaw, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Kinaray-a, Maguindanao, Maranao, Pangasinan, Surigaonon, Tausug, Waray-Waray and Zamboangueño Chavacano.
How many people speak Tagalog as their first language?
It is estimated that Tagalog is spoken as a first language by around a third of the population of the Philippines – over 22 million people. A further 65 million people speak it as their second language.
Did you know…
- Before the Spanish brought their Latin script to the Philippines in the 16th century, the local people used a script called baybayin or alibata for their written languages.
- The first Tagalog alphabet, developed in the 1930s, was called the abakada. It consisted of 20 letters – five vowels and 15 consonants – and was specifically designed to represent the sounds of the language.
- The next Tagalog alphabet was issued by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports in 1976. It was called Pinagyamang Alpabeto (Enriched Alphabet), and included a further 11 consonants.
- Today the Modern Filipino Alphabet (Makabagong Alpabetong Filipino) consists of 28 letters. It was established in 1987 during the Aquino presidency.
The Philippines economy
The Philippines, a newly industrialised country, has the 40th largest economy in the world. It is one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, and has been named as one of the Tiger Cub Economies (along with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – so-called because they are following in the export-driven footsteps of the original Four Asian Tigers of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan). Goldman Sachs has identified the Philippines as one of the N-11 (Next Eleven) economies, and estimates that it will be the 14th largest economy in the world by 2050.
Major exports include electronic products, transport equipment, clothing, copper products and petroleum products.